Bristol Bay Native role-players allege they are owed unpaid wages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 6, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Several San Diego County residents allege they are owed unpaid wages for working as role-players for military training.

SAN DIEGO – Several San Diego County residents allege they are owed unpaid wages for working as role-players for military training.

Abucar Nunow Abikar, Barkadle Sheikh Muhamed Awmagan, Arab Musal Deh, et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Bristol Bay Native Corp., Glacier Technical Solutions LLC; Workforce Resources LLC and Does 1-50 for allege violation of California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the complaint, the defendants contracted with the U.S. Marines to help train Marines in East African, Iraqi, Afghani, Filipino and Mexican cultures of military interest. The plaintiffs were hired as role-players for simulated villages for training.

The plaintiffs allege they allege they were not compensated for the hours they spent cleaning and loading defendants' vans prior to departing, or hours they were required to wait for defendants' vans to pick them up after training exercises with the military concluded; or for hours they spent performing duties assigned after they returned to defendants' Oceanside office. 

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek to be paid for unpaid minimum, regular and overtime wages; liquidated and punitive damages; attorney's fees; costs; and for such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper. They are represented by A. Melissa Johnson and Marilynn Mika Spencer of Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:18-cv-01700-DMS-AGS

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